Spring is always hard to picture during cold dreary days, especially as we go through New York Fashion Week's Fall 2012 shows. However, it's never too early for florals, brights, lighter clothing, and spring colors to prepare us for the upcoming change. Here are the top 10 bags that will set you in style for this spring.
The Neon Satchel
Neon is one of the biggest trends this spring. Whether its highlighter yellow, pink, green, or orange, it’s best to wear fluorescent as the accent rather than the main to your wardrobe. My pick? The Cambridge Satchel in Flouro, which has been a hit in the fashion-sphere since these handmade leather satchels first made their debut in 2002. Originally intended for school kids, bloggers and magazine editors soon enough began to show love for these wallet-friendly bags as they were spotted wearing them out and about.
The Classic Bright
Another "It" bag within our means comes from Israeli born designer, Riki Kahan. The Riki Rosetta Bella Tote, comes in purple, black, python and a personal favorite, orange, and is beautifully embossed in ostrich calfskin leather. Already spotted on the hit series, Gossip Girl, the Bella comes in a classic and elegant tote shape that will have you reaching for it long past the spring season.
Riki Rosetta Bella Tote-on sale now for just $215.
Colorblock Your Bag
From one trend to the next, we move on to colorblocking, a fad that doesn't seem to be nearing its end any time soon. Enter the Abichi leather and calf hair satchel from 3.1. Phillip Lim, a black and white sleek bag, with a taupe calf hair panel for added texture. This modern take on the satchel is chic, luxurious, yet remains contemporary as result of its shape.
The Investment Piece
This ladylike carryall looks just as great worn over the shoulder as it does when carried as a clutch as the strap is detachable. The different textures, leather and suede, provide a luxurious contrast while the matte finish gives this bag a minimalist edge. Retailing for more than a pretty penny at $3,125, consider this an investment piece that will stand through the chic-test of time.
The Downtown Staple
Every season or so, trendmaker Alexander Wang comes out with a hit — or shall I say “It" — bag. First there was the Rocco, then came the Daria, and now there is the Brenda. This season, Brenda gets a makeover in leopard print suede that looks more vintage than flashy, maintaining the label’s downtown cool vibe. This compact case is perfect for a night out when all you need is your camera, wallet, and lip gloss.
The Sparkly Clutch
While colorful sequins and glitter is a trend that keeps on hitting big, some are a bit more reluctant than others to sparkle like a disco ball. No need to fret as you can now embrace this trend by accessorizing with Anya Hindmarch’s Valerie Glitter encrusted leather clutch which comes in either red or blue glitter. That matte finish coupled with the classic envelope shape provides for an elegant staple. Because both hues are right on trend with spring’s brights, either choice will look amazing paired with a simple white or black gown.
The New Arm Candy
DVF's Tonda Metallic Clutch is the perfect arm candy for any glamorous night. This structured clutch comes in either gold or silver leather with contrasting metal hardware, and features a delicate detachable chain strap. But what makes this clutch unique is the sleek tube detail at snap closure that will have you snapping it open every chance you get. Roomy enough for all of your evening essentials.
The Statement Bag
I haven’t been this enthusiastic over a new bag since last season, which is years in fashion talk. Not only is Tory Burch’s croc-embossed satchel structured shape a complete classic, its colorblocked leather gives it a fun edge. This daytime bag is the perfect way to brighten up your work clothing and weekend getup. Another thing I'm a fan of? It’s $575 price tag, which makes this investment piece a real deal.
The New Black Clutch
Gone are the days when a simple black clutch will do. With so many options, shapes, materials, and accents, evening bags have become more of an accessory to the outfit than an actual carryall. Such as the exotic beaded textured clutch from Burberry Prorsum which is trimmed with tonal colored wooden beads in lime, turquoise, and black. The rest of the clutch is kept simple except for the braided wristlet trap which adds an extra element of texture. Pair this clutch with an equally fun party dress and skip jewelry to avoid overload.
The Python Tote
Add a bold and exotic python tote from Proenza Schouler that is unexpectedly bright to your everyday wardrobe. Not only is this bag super-chic and cheerful, it's comfortable to tote and roomy enough to put all of your essentials in. And as all things Proenza, it will cost you more than a pretty penny.